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Senior Lecturer Full Time in Special Education (SPED)

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Educational Studies

Title: Senior Lecturer Full Time in Special Education (SPED)

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell School of Educational Studies (SES) invites applications for a Senior Lecturer with a focus on special education (SPED) for inclusive K12 classrooms with a focus on K-8. This position is full-time (100% FTE), with a 9-month service period and a multi-year agreement (5 years with the possibility of renewal). This position is non-tenure track, and is renewable upon faculty and university approval. The position is contingent upon university funding and a successful criminal background check.  Anticipated start date is September 16, 2020.

This position is designed for a colleague who will work with high-incidence disabilities and prepare teachers for inclusive classroom strategies and intervention approaches such as RTI. This colleague will help ensure that all students in our pre-service programs and practicing teachers in our MEd program have skills for serving students with disabilities and contribute leadership in special education endorsement opportunities.  The faculty member may teach both undergraduate or graduate courses (dependent on background and expertise). This faculty member has instructional responsibilities with teacher preparation along the K-12 continuum, but a focus on elementary (K-8) is preferred.  All SES faculty work in close partnership with area K12 schools and districts in preparation of new teachers.  The selected applicant, using strong communications skills, will assist in developing and maintaining community partnerships

As a collaborative, scholarly and professional community, the University of Washington Bothell School of Educational Studies Vision is to develop and support educators who have the commitments and capabilities to promote the learning of all students in diverse contexts. We support interdisciplinary scholarship that explores the multifaceted dimensions of learning and schooling. We give particular focus to (a) the purposes of education in a social and political democracy, (b) the responsibility of universities to collaborate with community partners, and (c) the critical role of professional educators in supporting equity in learning. This colleague should demonstrate a commitment to strategies that support inclusion, social justice, and the success of underrepresented students and families. Learn more about our mission at

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and almost half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river just north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond. 

Diversity is a core value of the University of Washington Bothell.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach classes in School of Educational Studies programs, including Bachelor of Arts, teacher certification, Special Education, and Master of Education.  Courses typically utilize a combination of face-to-face instruction, online-learning, and applied experiences and performance tasks. Teaching will involve classes related to assessment, planning, and instruction in inclusive special education. Teaching may also involve providing individual coaching in conjunction with school-based internships
  • Collaboratively develop and implement a framework for special education field supervision and support
  • Lead the SPED endorsement program and coordinate with existing programs to provide input on redesigned and future programs
  • Connect the special education curriculum to the existing K-8 and secondary certification program curriculum
  • Participate in school faculty governance and in faculty coordinating groups for teacher certification.
  • Advise graduate students in appropriate content areas.
  • All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD or foreign equivalent in special education or closely related field
  • Expertise in undergraduate and graduate-level special education instruction
  • Evidence of teaching university level coursework, particularly demonstration of success delivering offerings in early/emergent special education
  • Expertise in high-incidence disabilities and experience preparing teachers for inclusive classroom strategies and intervention approaches such as RTI.
  • Instructional expertise along the K-12 continuum; a focus on elementary (K-8) is preferred
  • At least three years of instruction in SPED or equivalent in public schools with an emphasis on teaching and learning in inclusive K-8 settings for children with high-incidence disabilities
  • Experience with modifying and constructing curriculum for both face-to-face and online courses
  • Familiarity with Washington state and national competencies for beginning special educators
  • Experience in developing university-school partnerships and participation in SPED scholarly communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in research and/or working on externally funded projects in special education
  • Additional experience in the writing of personnel preparation grants in support of pre-service teacher education focused on special education.
  • Experience with hiring field instructors
  • Expertise in field supervision of pre-service teacher candidates.


This position is open until filled.  Applications received by Thursday, March 12, 2020 will have priority consideration. Please submit the following materials:

1) curriculum vita; 2) letter of application (maximum 2 pages) that speaks to the responsibilities and qualifications of the position as described above; 3) statement (maximum 2 pages) about your demonstrated commitment to diversity in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service, 4) statement (maximum 2 pages) of engagement in scholarly communities; 5) evidence of teaching success or teaching dossier; and 6) references: contact information for three individuals who can provide upon request recommendations addressing professional accomplishments related to the position responsibilities and requirements.

For additional information or questions about the position and the search, please visit our school's website and connect with the search committee chair, Dr. Carrie Tzou.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (